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Tuesday, September 04, 2007
LG Muziq phone

1. Introduction

There are so many slick phones out there right now that it is hard to decide on the right phone. For some, it will boil down to features. For others, it will be price that serves as the determining factor. Others will have to see if the latest and greatest phone actually has service where they live to avoid purchasing a beautiful paper weight.

Many users are drawn to an eye catching design, and LG has been producing some beautiful designs as of late. Sprint users never did get a version of the "Chocolate," but now they get an exclusive on a design that might be even nicer - the Muziq.

Picture the Chocolate combined with a Flip Phone design and you have a sense of the Muziq. To see all the features that LG packs into this stylish phone - just read on for a full review.

Cell phone exclusives may drive us crazy - think iPhone and AT&T - but if you are a subscriber and your carrier gets a great phone before anyone else - it can be terrific to be the first one on the block with something unique that stands out from the crowd.

The LG Muziq stands out from the crowded, popular Flip Phone crowd in a few areas. The following are the highlights and specs from the company web site:

Highlights

  • Instant wireless downloads from the Sprint Music Store
  • Advanced Stereo Bluetooth
  • Sprint Music Store enabled
  • Sprint TVSM enabled
  • Slim and Fashionable Design
  • Speakerphone
  • Built-in Camera
  • Web and Email Capable
  • Bluetooth Wireless Technology
  • External display
  • GPS enabled
  • Expandable memory card slot
  • Voice-activated dialing
  • Broadband-like speeds where available

Sprint Music Store Enabled

Download stereo-quality tracks instantly to your wireless phone or PC. Choose from thousands of artists in virtually every genre, and listen wherever you go.

64 MB MicroSD card

Store data on the included 64MB removable memory card. Up to 4GB cards supported, 4GB card must be purchased separately.

KEY FEATURES

  • Music Player with External Touch Controls
  • Bluetooth Capable
  • 1.3 Megapixel Camera & Camcorder
  • Built-In FM Transmitter
  • microSD™ Memory Port
  • Multitasking Capability

MULTIMEDIA

  • Music Player with External Touch Controls and Vibration Feedback (supports MP3, MP4, 3G2, 3GP, AAC, AMR, MID, QCP, 3GPP, PMD, M4V, M4A, KOZ)
  • FM Transmitter (88.1 - 107.9 MHz) – transmit music (up to 10 ft.) to car stereo or other FM receiver
  • Stereo Sound via Headset, Bluetooth, or FM Transmitter
  • Sprint Music StoreSM – download & play full-length songs†
  • Multitasking – run multiple apps simultaneously (e.g. playing music in background)
  • Streaming Media – access premium channels for music, radio, TV†
  • On Demand 2.2 – enhanced, customized content (sports, weather, news, movies)†
  • microSD Memory Port for Extra Storage*
  • 3D Graphics Support for Gaming


*64MB microSD card + SD adapter included. Phone supports up to a 4GB memory card (sold separately).

BLUETOOTH (V1.1)

  • Supported Profiles: headset, hands-free (v1.0), dial-up networking, object push, basic printing, advanced audio distribution, audio/video remote control, file transfer, phone book access
  • Save up to 20 Bluetooth Pairings
  • Bluetooth Stereo Headset Support for Listening to Music*
  • Send Contacts & Calendar Events via Bluetooth
  • Print User-Generated Pictures via Bluetooth

*Accessories sold separately.

CAMERA/VIDEO

  • 1.3 Megapixel Camera & Camcorder with Flash/Video Light
  • Camera Resolutions: 1280x960 (default), 640x480, 320x240 Pixels
  • Video Resolutions: 144x176 (default), 96x128 Pixels
  • Video Length: 20 Sec. (video mail) or 2 Hr. (long video)*
  • Video Ringtones & Screen Savers
  • Zoom: Up to 15 Steps**
  • Customizable Shutter/Cue Sound***, Brightness***, White Balance***, Color Tone***, Quality***, Self-Timer, Image Enhancer
  • Self-Portrait Capability with Flip Closed
  • Print Photos to a PictBridge Printer via USB

*Depends on unused internal and external (microSD card) memory.
**Varies by image resolution. Default camera setting of 1280x960 pixels does not support zoom function.
***Available in both video and camera modes.

VOICE/AUDIO

  • One-Touch Speakerphone*
  • Speaker-Independent Speech Recognition
  • Music Composer – create ringtones using different instruments or by humming a melody
  • Voice Memos (up to 10 min.)
  • Music Ringer Support (clips from hit songs)**†
  • 30 Unique Ringtones + Vibrate & Silent Modes
  • Set Voice Memos as Ringtones
  • TTY/TDD Support
  • Hearing Aid Compatible (M4T4-Rating)

*Speakerphone feature is only available while a call is in progress.
**Not assignable from microSD card.

MOBILE MEDIA

  • POP3 E-Mail Client†
  • SMS Voice Messaging†
  • Text Messaging†
  • Picture MailSM – share photos & videos†
  • Mobile Web†
  • Web-Based Instant Messaging†
  • Java™ 2.0 Support for Content Downloads†

TOOLS & DATA

  • USB Mass Storage – transfer files between microSD card* and PC
  • Tools: Alarm Clock, Calculator, Scheduler, Notepad, World Clock, Ez Tip Calculator
  • Speed Dial (98 entries + 1 voicemail default)
  • FOTA Capable – upgrade firmware over the air†
  • Phone Book with 500 Contacts – each stores 5 numbers, 3 e-mail addresses, & a picture ID**
  • Wireless Backup for Contacts†
  • TeleNav GPS Navigator™ Capable – voice-prompted turn-by-turn directions***

*Requires USB cable and microSD card (included).
**Dependent on photos stored in your album.
***Subscription required.

GENERAL

  • Slim, Stylish Design with Internal Antenna
  • Colors: Black
  • Simultaneous & Autonomous GPS
Technology CDMA
Frequency 1.9 GHz CDMA PCS, 800 MHz CDMA (Digital Dual-Band)
Data Transmission High-Speed EVDO†
Dimensions 3.80” (H) x 1.94” (W) x 0.61” (D)
Weight 3.14 oz.
Display Internal LCD: 262K Color TFT, 176 x 220 Pixels, 11 Lines
External LCD: 262K Color TFT, 128 x 160 Pixels, 10 Lines
Standard Battery 800 mAh Li-Ion
Talk Time Up to 4.0 Hours*
Standby Time Up to 12 Days*
ACCESSORIES
  • Standard Li-Ion Battery*
  • AC Travel Charger*
  • 3.5mm Stereo Headset Adapter with Mic*
  • USB Cable*
  • 64MB microSD Card*
  • SD Adapter*
  • Music Manager CD*
  • Bluetooth Headset
  • Bluetooth Stereo Headset
  • Bluetooth Stereo Speakers
  • Portable Stereo Speakers
  • Headset
  • Stereo Headset
  • Vehicle Power Charger
  • Carrying Case

This is a phone that will particularly appeal to younger users - (like the Upstage the Sprint still has the exclusive on from Samsung.) With that in mind, I enlisted, once again, the discriminating testing of my 12 year old to help me analyze this phone.




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